In September 2012, the screens out another horror film about "a troubled home" under the title "When the lights go out," directed by Pat Holden (UK production).
This movie is notable in that it was made on the really real poltergeist case that occurred in the late 1960s. in the town of Pontefract, Yorkshire (England) in the house of Joe and Jean Pritchard. In the literature, this poltergeist known as the "ghost of the Black Monk of Pontefract."
Many researchers of anomalous phenomena called this event the most severe manifestation of poltergeist activity in Europe, which is associated with multiple episodes of aggression on the part of the phenomenon, aimed primarily at members of the family. It is known that the unusual phenomenon in the ill-fated building began in August 1966, shortly after moving there Pritchard family with her two children: Philip (15) and Diana (12 years old).
In this case, the phenomenon is not particularly "rock" and began immediately with active displays. In the kitchen there were puddles of water, and in the living room — weird "snow" of white powder, lit and extinguished the lights, flying pots, pieces of wallpaper come to life, things were flying through the air, shaking cupboards and closets, knocks were heard everywhere, and very often at home quite suddenly getting cold. In addition poltergeist love to arrange different tricks with the slow flight of objects in the air. One of these episodes, which featured flying candlesticks, occurred in the presence of a local vicar Mr. Davey, who himself was convinced of the presence of "something evil" in the house.
Photo of a real home Pritchard inside.
In the second phase of its manifestations poltergeist turned his aggression on family members, especially Philip, and later his younger sister, Diana. The fact is that in 1966, Dinah was absent most of the time at home, and so the "ghost" directed his leprosy, mainly on her brother Philip. In 1968, when Diana came home (she was already 14 years old), poltergeist newly "awakened", but focusing most of their attention to the daughter of Prichard. In one such case, soaring into the air nightstand poor girl clutched tightly to the wall. In the other episode, the invisible force was trying to strangle the teenager, dragging her blouse up the stairs. Only the intervention of his father and mother, Diana allowed to release from strangulation. In this case, the neck girls were bloodshot fingerprints "ghost."
Conducted several times exorcism in the house led only to an increase in the activity of the phenomenon. After one of these sessions, all of the crucifixion in the house were turned defiantly. Although the overall Pritchard used to the presence of "Mr. Nobody" or "Fred" (as they called it), but every night the situation was complicated. As noted by Pritchard, that at the end of paranormal activity in their home, they were periodically to see the tall figure of a black hooded monk, which they subsequently associated with the "Mr. Nobody." But after the episode with strangulation, being a culmination of a poltergeist, Philip hung around the house garlic. Strange, but it worked. After several years of terror, "Fred" has disappeared and never manifested again.
According to the case at one time actively engaged renowned paranormal investigator Colin Wilson. His initial view was that pontefratsky poltergeist has more to do with the activity that is a ghost, which, as in the case of classic poltergeist, with some spontaneous activity of the psyche, say Philip and Diana. Wilson noted that the analysis of all episodes of poltergeist shows a particular manifestation of the mind, and his excessive aggression toward the house and the family can not be associated with the psyche of Diana or Philip.
A friend of Wilson's, a local historian Tom Kannif partly confirmed the initial hypothesis psihoissledovatelya. Kannif studied the history of the area and found the house Prichard located on a former gallows, where the reign of Henry VIII, was hanged for the rape of a monk of the Order of Cluny. True subsequently Wilson himself did not find evidence of violence or punishment and, therefore, appealed to the observations Rene Oldan who identified groundwater flows to the "field of mollusks" (humid place, retaining a localized electromagnetic field). According to the hypothesis TK Lethbridge, it is ideal for a "psychic" impressions of emotional stress.
Based on this, Wilson changed his original opinion on pontefraktskom poltergeists and concludes that the solution to the mystery lies in the properties of the geomagnetic areas. According to him, in such places human psychic energy and geomagnetic the terrain can somehow interact, and produce all kinds of phenomena. Although Wilson did not give up completely original idea and admitted that the house Pritchard could work together by two factors: the factor of the "ghost" and a factor specific mental states rights. The researcher noted that the essence of awakening could catch the mood of Pritchard and their friends, and it was supported by the subconscious forces involved, and the ability of the medium by Philip, and later at the Diana.
In the film, "When the lights go out", the creators originally changed some details of the actual stories. First of all, the scene and the names of the main characters. Family structure has decreased by one person, leaving only the father, mother and their daughter. But the overall pattern of events and a general sense of what is happening in the film is largely correlated with real events in Pontefract. Clearly shows the typical problems of a wealthy English family, representatives of the working class that they know how, try to resist the ills of life. Against the background of a life's complexities, the fate of them presents more problems and paranormal nature.
From the point of view of the researcher, the film turned out pretty close to reality, reflecting the character of the typical violent poltergeist. The film is made in the UK, so there's no Hollywood glitz and mock drama. And indeed the real story does not need exaggeration and embellishment, so it was initially a sufficient number of dramatic events and colorful paranormal occurrences. It's no wonder pontefraktsky poltergeist is still considered the most violent poltergeist in Europe.